BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said the prime minister has" lied about Begum Khaleda Zia out of political vendetta."The BNP secretary general made the allegation at the ‘Sramik-Karmochary’ convention on Saturday afternoon as he had been responding to prime minister’s statement in an interview with Voice of America.

‘Sheikh Hasina spoke to VOA today. She is completely lying,’ said Fakhrul.

‘There is no corruption case against Khaleda Zia. The money that they say is Tk 2.33 crore has now gone over Tk 8 crore... It’s in the bank. Begum Khaleda Zia has been detained with false cases so that she cannot do politics only because of political vendetta,’ he said.

Blaming the government for the critical health condition of Khaleda Zia, who is undergoing treatment at Evercare Hospital, the BNP secretary general said, ‘This government is unjustly imprisoning her in a false case and pushing her to death without giving her a chance to be treated.’

‘This government is a terrible monster, a looter, a government like ‘borgis’. They are smuggling wealth abroad and building gardens. And in my country, people are helpless and hungry,’ Fakhrul continued.

Urging the activists to unite, he said, ‘This working class has fought for democracy in the past. I believe that the workers will play a leading role this time.’

‘In Sha Allah, our victory is certain. We will be able to resign this government and free the country’s leader Begum Khaleda Zia. ‘

The convention was jointly organized by Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal and Sammilik Sramik Parishad on the road in front of Ideal School and College in Motijheel to fulfill the one-point demand of ‘Commodity Price, Wage Commission, National Pay Scale, Minimum Wages, Labour Situation and Resignation of the Government’.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader ASM Abdur Rob and Nagorik Oikya President Mahmudur Rahman Manna, spoke at the programme, among others.